Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (TEVA) reported quarterly profit that fell for the first time in four years as the world’s largest generic drugmaker introduced fewer generic medicines in the U.S.
Third-quarter earnings excluding some costs fell 6 percent to $1.11 billion, or $1.25 a share. Profit was above the $1.23 a share mean estimate of 24 analysts on Bloomberg. Revenue was $4.34 billion, below the $4.53 billion analyst forecast. Teva closed down 1.7 percent to 146 shekels.
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